Construction Management, M.S.C.M.

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The construction management (CM) MS graduate program is offered 100% online or delivered traditionally on-campus. It is designed to blend engineering, business, and construction management concepts to produce a professional graduate who can manage construction processes effectively and efficiently. It also provides a path for those interested in research and a career path in academics. The students will have an in-depth education in state-of-the-art construction specializations including, sustainable construction and materials, resilient construction, building information modeling, decision-making, and advanced productivity. Those without a construction-related baccalaureate degree may be required to complete leveling (foundation) CM courses before full admission into the program.

The program is offered in the following three paths:

Professional – (non-thesis master: 36 credit hours of courses). Several projects are integrated throughout the course requirements; however, there is no specific program thesis, project course, or comprehensive examination required. Offered to LSU Online students.

Executive – (non-thesis master with project: 33 credit hours of courses and 3 credit hour project course for a total of 36 credit hours). Offered only to traditional campus students.

Research – (thesis master with 24 credit hours of courses and 6 credit hours of thesis research for a total of 30 credit hours). Offered only to traditional campus students. 

This path is offered to LSU Online students.  This is a professional practice-orientated advanced degree that offers a unique blend of 36 credit hours of construction management, engineering and business management courses. The degree is designed to develop leaders and managers for construction projects with mastery in the best practices contained within sustainability, building information modeling, project delivery, and decision making.

The program requires 36 credit hours of graduate studies. Hours are divided into two required categories:

CORE COURSES – 9 credit hours (3 required courses)

CM 7010 Research Methods in Construction Management (3)  
CM 7030 Project Delivery (3) 
CM 7222 Human Factors & Leadership (3)  

CM ELECTIVES – 27 credit hours (9 courses) selected with approval by the student’s supervisory committee designed to support the student’s professional and research goals. 

This path is offered only to on-campus MSCM students.  This path is designed to serve construction professionals interested in learning more about construction research. This path consists of 36 credit hours, with 33 credit hours of coursework and a 3-credit hour research project. It blends engineering, business, and construction management concepts together to produce a professional graduate who understands basic research methods and can manage higher level construction processes effectively and efficiently. Research focus areas within the construction management department include:

Advanced Materials & Sustainability
Building Science for Resilient Communities
Built Environment Informatics 
Facilities Management

The program requires 36 credit hours of graduate studies. The final program of study is developed with approval from the student’s supervisory committee.

Hours are divided into three required categories:

CORE COURSES – at least 15 credit hours (5 required courses)

  • CM 7010 Research Methods in Construction Management (3) 
  • CM 7030 Project Delivery (3)
  • CM 7222 Human Factors & Leadership (3)
  • EXST 7004, EXST 7005, EXST 7006, CM 7150, or equivalent
  • Construction Management (CM) elective course – 3 credit hours (1 course)

PROJECT COURSE – 3 credit hours (1 required course)

CM 7207 Independent Study in Construction Management
 

ELECTIVES – 18 credit hours selected with approval by the student’s supervisory committee designed to support the student’s professional and research goals. 

This path is offered only to on-campus MSCM students.  This path is designed to serve a construction professional that would like to pursue research, culminating in a master’s thesis.  This path consists of 30 credit hours with 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis research. The program of study focuses on higher levels of research but also blends engineering, business, and construction management concepts together to produce a research graduate planning a career in academia. Focus research areas within the construction management department include:

Advanced Materials & Sustainability
Building Science for Resilient Communities
Built Environment Informatics 
Facilities Management
 

The program requires 30 credit hours of graduate studies. The final program of study is developed with approval from the student’s supervisory committee. Hours are divided into two required categories:

CORE COURSES – at least 12 credit hours (4 required courses)

  • CM 7010 Research Methods in Construction Management (3)
  • CM 7030 Project Delivery (3)
  • CM 7222 Human Factors & Leadership (3)
  • EXST 7004, EXST 7005, EXST 7006, CM 7150, or equivalent

ELECTIVES – 18 credit hours selected with input from the student’s supervisory committee designed to support the student’s professional and research goals. 


American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)The graduate degree program is fully accredited by:

American Council for Construction Education
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The mission of the Master of Science in Construction Management program is to provide a quality course of study for individuals needing a career change or for the construction professionals that seek to preparation for executive construction positions; and to provide a quality program for post baccalaureate students that would like to pursue research in construction management with a thesis.

  • Excel in the education of graduate majors through a vigorous program of academic learning designed to produce motivated, well-educated, responsible citizens with the management and technical skills requisite for advanced leadership positions in the construction industry.
  • Enhance the student learning experience through engagement in advanced research and scholarly activity.

Upon completing the program, students should be proficient in the following areas:

  • Critical thinking and creativity
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Effective and professional oral and written communications
  • Use of information and communication technology
  • Principles of leadership in business and management
  • Current issues in construction
  • Complex project decision making and associated risk management
  • Professional ethics including application to situations and choices
  • Advanced construction management practices
  • Research methods 

The Distinguished Student Leaders in Construction Management designation was created to showcase students who have demonstrated exemplary academic and leadership abilities.

The average starting salary for LSU CM master's graduates is $110,500 (based on the LSU Career Services data 2019). Find out more information about salary earning potentials and employers on our About page.

Graduates from our program go on to do amazing things with amazing companies, locally and beyond. You can find more information below on the types of jobs, employers, and employers who recruit our graduates below.

Positions:
  • Scheduler
  • Estimator
  • Cost Control
  • Compliance
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Equipment Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant
  • Sales
  • Business Development
  • Building and Code Inspector
  • and more!
Types of Employers:
  • Industrial, Residential, Industrial or Commercial Construction Firm
  • General Contracting Firm
  • Special Trade Contractors (Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Materials Supplier
  • Equipment Supplier
  • Engineering Firm
  • Consulting Firm
  • Local Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Self employment
  • and more!
Our Graduates Work For:
  • Turner Industries
  • Cajun Industries
  • ISC Group
  • Regal Construction
  • DR Horton
  • MMR Group
  • Performance Contractors
  • The Lemoine Company
  • D.E. Harvey Builders
  • The Brandt Companies
  • EXCEL USA
  • and more!

Department Strategic Plan

A new comprehensive plan started 2013 and contains the systematic and sustained efforts to enable the degree program to fulfill its mission.  It also provides the internal status of the degree program resources and goals as well as the factors that influence its operations. This strategic plan is updated annually at the end of LSU's fiscal year and represents the collective input from all of our constituencies. 

CM Department Strategic Plan Summary - 2019-2020

SLO Program Assessment

The CM MSCM degree program is continually monitored for effectiveness and progression towards the program's mission goals and learning outcomes.  Ten student learning outcomes (SLOs) are measured using a comprehensive exam (thesis or project), exit survey results of the graduates, student course evaluations, and though direct measurements from the CM coursework. A comprehensive assessment is completed at the end of each academic year:

 

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